Mendelssohn, Bruch, Saint-Sa‘ns, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Chausson

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COMPOSERS: Bruch,Chausson,Mendelssohn,Prokofiev,Saint-Sa‘ns,Tchaikovsky
LABELS: Sony Masterworks Heritage
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Great Violin Concertos
WORKS: Violin Concerto in E minor; Violin Concerto No. 1; Violin Concerto No. 3; Violin Concerto; Violin Concerto No. 2; Poème
PERFORMER: Zino Francescatti (violin) New York PO/Dimitri Mitropoulos, Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
Of the same generation as Heifetz, Oistrakh and Milstein, the Frenchman Zino Francescatti (1902-91) was a transcendental master of his art – a creator of fantasy, a player of absolute ability. These imperious reference mono performances, legendary in their own time, defy belief. For magnificence of phrasing, piercing pinpoint accuracy, virtuosity that goes for the jugular, and sheer poetry of style, tone and projection, they’re breathtaking. The pre-Bernstein New York Phil under Mitropoulos provides knife-edge support. Demonstration remastering: it’s hard to imagine so spacious and detailed a sound from nearly half a century ago. Ates Orga